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Bernhard Martin

Berlin, Germany

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Collage, Painting • Born in Hannover, Germany • Studied at Kassel, Germany
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Published  12/01/2017   |   Updated  07/02/2017

distorted, deformed, or transparent

Bernhard Martin was born in Hannover in 1966. Some of his most important presentations, to which he has been regularly invited to participate in since his debut in 1989 include solo exhibitions in the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (2008/09), the Arario Museum in Seoul (2006), Villa Arson in Nizza and the MAMACO in Geneva (2002), P.S.1 in New York City (2001), and at the Friedericianum in Kassel (1993).
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Bernhard Martin was born in Hannover in 1966. Some of his most important presentations, to which he has been regularly invited to participate in since his debut in 1989 include solo exhibitions in the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (2008/09), the Arario Museum in Seoul (2006), Villa Arson in Nizza and the MAMACO in Geneva (2002), P.S.1 in New York City (2001), and at the Friedericianum in Kassel (1993).
Additionally, Martin has participated in many group shows within Germany and internationally, including ones at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2008), the Kunsthalle Mannheim (2006), the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg (2005), the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich (2004), the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003).

Works of Bernhard Martin are also included in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Geneva, the Rubell Collection, MoMA, collection of Deutsche Bank, and the Arario Museum in Beijing. In 2008, Martin, who already was among the most prolific German painters and sculptors, was awarded with the Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg.

The themes of Bernhard Martin’s works are quite diverse and their dynamic and sometimes turbulent nature make them aesthetically challenging. They seem to be a painterly visualization and compilation of an immense flood of thoughts. In doing so, Martin can rely on a large and diverse set of skills, which in no way hinders him, but rather enables him to work between the levels of reality and surface in his paintings. Often, the artist will make reference to the paining as a painting, playing with modes of expression and the depiction of the painterly process.

Though the mediums of drawing and collage are the quickest and most efficient ways of conveying his perceived image or object – found or fictional – the same impressions, thoughts and images are incorporated into his painting, often as humorous scenarios or enigmatic pictorial landscapes. His paintings, which rely heavily on figurative depiction, only have limited recall value, and, beside the essential title of the painting, hold no distinct narrative structure. The image of characters in Martin’s work is distorted, deformed, or transparent, as a means to estrange the humanoid figure from the reality of the viewer, as opposed to serving as protagonist. His goal is to achieve paintings free of hierarchy, in which the traces of his inspiration are washed away.

The artist lives and works in Berlin.

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Nicht Abgeschlossenes, Nichts Beständiges, Nichts Ruhendes 2013, 170x190 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Nicht Abgeschlossenes, Nichts Beständiges, Nichts Ruhendes 2013, 170x190 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Enviroment for spiritual Vacuum (Yes-Men), 2015, Oil on raw canvas, 235 × 175 cm

Enviroment for spiritual Vacuum (Yes-Men), 2015, Oil on raw canvas, 235 × 175 cm

Im Reich der Tiefe I, 2016, Oil on raw canvas, 70 × 80 cm

Im Reich der Tiefe I, 2016, Oil on raw canvas, 70 × 80 cm

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Warten auf das Andere, 2014, Oil on Canvas

Warten auf das Andere, 2014, Oil on Canvas

Das Innenleben neu möblieren 2015, 55x65 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Das Innenleben neu möblieren 2015, 55x65 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

What is that? How is this possible? 2015, 105x95 cm, Oil on raw canvas

What is that? How is this possible? 2015, 105x95 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Engineering Happiness 2015, 145x135 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Engineering Happiness 2015, 145x135 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Zoom in den Magen der Irrelevanz 2016, 55x45 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Zoom in den Magen der Irrelevanz 2016, 55x45 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Five Stars, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 235 X 175 CM

Five Stars, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 235 X 175 CM

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Rainbow Worrier 2014, 160x145 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Rainbow Worrier 2014, 160x145 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Le Monde 2016, 80x70 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Le Monde 2016, 80x70 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Bellum & Pax 2013 170x190 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Bellum & Pax 2013 170x190 cm, Oil on raw canvas

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Atelier Bernhard Martin | Photo: Bernhard Martin, 2016

Ich mich selbst und Du mich auch 2005, 160x140, Oil, Lacquer on Plywood

Ich mich selbst und Du mich auch 2005, 160x140, Oil, Lacquer on Plywood


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2016

Love and Money?, TOGU Art Club, Marseille, France

2015

Berlinische Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst Berlin, Germany (Fred-Thieler-Preis für Malerei)

2014

Hotel 361° (Graceland/Disgracecounty), Choi&Lager Galerie, Cologne, Germany

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GROUP

2016

MALEREI, BÖSE, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany

Landschaft und Vergessen II, Magazin4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria

2015

One of us cannot be wrong, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Arario Collection Bejing, China

Centro Cultural Andratx, Andratx / Mallorca, Spain

Frac Bourgogne, Dijon, France

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AWARDS

2015 Fred-Thieler Prize , Berlin

2008 Art Prize Young city looks young art of the city Wolfsburg

2003 Grant Villa Arson in Nice, France

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EDUCATION (detailed)

1983-89 Academy of Fine Arts, Kassel

1984–87 Residence in Barcelona, Spain


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